Rights

We all have rights, but it can be hard to stand up for them if we don’t know what they are. Do we have the right to information about sex? Do people have to ask before they touch us? Do doctors have to keep our conversations with them private? Do two people have the right to date if they both say yes but a family member or staff disagrees with their decision? Do people have the right to have children if they want them? Can someone tell us we’re not allowed to be gay? What if someone wants to date us but we’re not sure how we feel about them? Who can we ask about this stuff?

Let’s have a conversation!

Videos

What is Confidentiality?

If someone is talking about our care plan, or our medical records, they may tell us that the information is ‘confidential’. But what does ‘confidential’ mean? If we went to a clinic to talk to a doctor or nurse, would that conversation be confidential?

Resources

Sensual Solutions

Intimacy coaches who have experience providing services for people with disabilities.

1-800-SEX-SENSE Line

A free, anonymous telephone and email info hotline where you can ask any question about sex.

Options For Sexual Health

British Columbia’s largest sexual health nonprofit, with lots of info and services on their website.

Scarleteen

A sexuality and relationships website for teens and emerging adults.

Youth Clinics

Friendly spaces for youth, often offering: free contraception, STI testing & treatment, pregnancy testing & general sexual health info.

Pharmacare & Contraception

If you receive disability benefits in British Columbia, you’re usually eligible for a free hormonal IUD through Pharmacare.

VictimLink BC

24/7 free, confidential support for victims of crimes across B.C. and the Yukon.

On the Loose

A print-based resource for folks living on their own for the first time.

Is That Legal?

A print-based, plain-language resource about online sexual harassment and your legal rights.

The Is That Legal? PDF covers all sorts of different types of online harassment, from being bullied, to being pestered to send naked photos, to being blackmailed. It talks about your legal rights and how to get support.

 

Women Against Violence Against Women

Support for women, trans, two-spirit, and nonbinary folks who have experienced violence.

British Columbia Association for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA)

Support for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.

Chronically Queer

A place where LGBTQIA2S+ identified people living with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities can  share what is happening in their lives.

Meetings 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Link for all online meetings: https://zoom.us/j/4823554390

(All upcoming meetings are online until further notice.)

 

abOUT Group

abOUT is a friendship & support group for LGBTQIA2S+ folks labelled with intellectual disabilities. They operate a Facebook page and have occasional events.

Qmunity

A non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. Hosts social, support & advocacy groups. (NB. Some folks have noted physical access barriers at Qmunity sites. Please contact them to confirm whether your access needs can be met.)

The Health Initiative for Men

A local non-profit society for gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer (GBT2Q) men. Supporting sexual, mental, and social health. Monthly events.

Transcare BC

Care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province.

News

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